Worker buyouts could reduce 200 planned layoffs at Lincoln Paper and Tissue in Maine

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Worker buyouts could reduce 200 planned layoffs at Lincoln Paper and Tissue in Maine

January 08, 2014 - 03:37
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LINCOLN, ME, Jan. 2, 2014 (Bangor Daily News) - Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC managers continue to remodel their mill to focus exclusively on tissue production as union members decide by seniority who gets positions remaining after the company announced plans to lay off approximately 200 workers last month, officials say.

Mill co-owner Keith Van Scotter declined Wednesday to say whether the 200 projected layoffs had all yet occurred. Duane Lugdon, a statewide United Steelworkers Union representative that handles the mill's unionized workers, said Thursday that union workers have 45 days by law to decide whether to take positions guaranteed them by seniority or to opt for a retirement buyout plan that would allow younger workers to remain working.

The retirement plan could cut into the number of layoffs significantly, he said. Lugdon hoped to meet with representatives of United Steelworkers Local 396 on Thursday to discuss the retirement package, among other things.

Bangor Daily News - Buyout plan could reduce layoffs at Lincoln paper mill, union rep says

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